Biography

Photo of Diane J. WrightDiane J. Wright’s exceptional abilities to identify behavioural patterns, forecast cultural trends, and make conceptual connections have been harnessed by the Fortune 100’s C-suite, respected thought leaders, lauded filmmakers, and others to generate millions of dollars in revenue, build global reputation, solidify leadership through technological innovation, and create lasting societal impact. Over twenty years, Diane built a career successfully translating blue-sky goals into comprehensive product and online strategies that have proven the value of pattern recognition time and again.

During her early years in Toronto, Diane’s observations and insights on human behaviour found a home in national consumer and business publications such as Chatelaine and Strategy, The Canadian Marketing Report, and in a career in advertising where she was interviewed by Fast Company for being “Fast Under Forty”. Her product innovations included early generation handhelds, natural language search, and the development of the content hierarchies that became the foundation of how we navigate the web today.

Her deep interest in interpersonal dynamics and reverence for the arts took her into entertainment where she partnered with influential directors, writers, and producers to create film, television, and bestselling books. By tapping into shared experience along with the rich tradition of storytelling, Diane is able to imbue narratives with the magic that speaks deeply to audiences. MilkBoss, the film development company shared with partner Jeff Renfroe, works to bring resonant emotion and relatable characters to every project. Screenplays Diane has “doctored” have been cast with actors such as Guy Pierce, Adrian Grenier, Jamie King, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, and Peter Krause.

Diane’s narrative portrayals of life have garnered accolades including the Eloise Klein Healy Award, bestowed by Los Angeles’ first poet laureate, twice being the recipient of Telefilm Canada’s Writer’s First Award, and being lauded at prestigious film festivals around the globe. In 2008, Diane released her first novel as one of The Seedpod Collective’s flagship titles. Inspired by headline-making stories of children in captivity, Birthday Girl earned praise as “a book to get lost in” and “a compelling narrative of beguiling naiveté.”

A lifetime of studying society combined with talents for pattern recognition and system analysis afford Diane the uncommon abilities needed to unravel puzzles of all kinds, including the one of our own humanity. It brings her immense joy to do so as do building, culinary adventuring, and immersing herself in art and architecture. Diane lives and works with her partner in life, director Jeff Renfroe, and their two ridiculously happy cats.